Greenhouse by Chris Barnes | Mar 22, 2018 Test Your Energy Leadership Take this short quiz to get a snapshot of how your business measures up against your competition when it comes to managing energy. At the end, you will get feedback on where you stand, and recommendations for how to get better. Is there an inventory of the top 5 pieces of energy consuming equipment at each greenhouse, and the related energy draw for each (e.g. in horse power, kW, hours/day, times of day) Somewhat known but not documented Yes No I dont knowTo what extent does your business track total energy use and costs? Total bill cost and usage is recorded and compared month over month, and over same time period previous year All data points from each bill are recorded each month; consumption and cost trends and variances are compared month over month, annually, and same month previous year Data from monthly bills used (as in options above) and interval data is reviewed to understand usage patterns and hourly costs Record of cost elements from monthly billsWhat characteristics are required when purchasing new equipment? None/I don't know Equipment requiring upgrades or replacement is first evaluated to confirm if the size/nature of the equipment matches the greenhouse's need; replacement is specified based on actual business in conjunction with full-life cycle cost consideration We follow the supplier's recommendation Industry-standard equipment is investigated and purchased based on recommendations from other greenhouses Full life cycle cost is calculated and used to offset difference in purchase cost between low and high efficiency equipment in purchasing decisionsDoes your site(s) forecast and verify after completion, the dollar benefits of energy efficiency or other energy management activities? No I don't know YesHas your business set performance targets for improvement in energy consumption and costs energy consumption and costs? Energy is not discussed as a priority area. Specific targets are clearly stated; executive and staff are accountable to deliver progress toward targets Company policy speaks to need for energy conservation and savings but targets are not a performance criteria I don't knowWho in your organization holds responsibility for managing energy usage and costs? Greenhouse Owner Other Multi-Department Energy Team Head Grower I don't knowAre staff responsible for energy purchasing provided training/information updates about site-specific energy requirements? No I don't know Yes Are the staff responsible for energy use, provided with training/information updates about energy pricing? I don't know No Yes Your Name Your Email Your Business Name Sign up to stay informed about the rapidly changing energy sector, and how to make it work for you! Time is Up!